Masters Traditions: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Masters’ Traditions: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

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What hot dogs are to baseball, the Pimento Cheese sandwich is to the Masters’ at Augusta. There are eight types of sandwiches sold at the Master’s but the Pimento Cheese is the one to get. Although the exact recipe is a secret akin to the secret formula for Coke, it’s made of pimento cheese and smeared on white bread.

In 2003, Golf Digest hired Gourmet magazine Food Editor Ruth Cousineau to create her own pseudo Augusta Pimento Cheese sandwiches.

Pimento-cheese sandwich recipe.

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients: 4 oz. extra-sharp Vermont white or yellow cheddar, finely grated ( 1 1/2 cups); half a jar of pimento (3 oz.), drained, finely chopped (14 cup); 2 tablespoons mayonnaise; 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; salt to taste; 4 slices of good whole-wheat bread, crusts discarded (optional); 4 thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion; 1 cup watercress sprigs, tough stems discarded.

To prepare: Mash cheese, pimento, mayonnaise, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend. Spread pimento cheese evenly on bread. Top with onions and watercress sprigs. Cut each sandwich into triangles and serve.

Here’s my own variation of the recipe:

GolfBlogger’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich Spread


1 cup sharp cheddar
1 cup montery jack (or pepper jack)
1 package cream cheese
half a jar of finely chopped pimento
dill pickles, chopped
pepper sauce, salt, pepper, chopped onion to taste

Wait for the cheese to soften, then blend all ingredients in a food processor.

I use this recipe because I can’t stand mayonnaise. Yes, I know it is heresy, and I stand ready to burn at the stake.

That’s a photo of one of my sandwiches at the top.

21 Responses to “Masters Traditions: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches”

  1. Recipes on

    I tried this dish at home, it’s very tasty and all my friends liked it. It has healthy and tasty ingredients. This dish is a must for sandwich lovers. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

  2. Discover the best Baked on

    Good combination of healthy and tasty ingredients. Thanks for this mouth watering recipe and explaining the method. I hope all the above information is true. It’s a must for food lovers like me. I will try this at home.

  3. ram on

    his dish is a must for sandwich lovers. Thanks for this delicious recipe. Good combination of healthy and tasty ingredients. Thanks for this mouth watering recipe and explaining the method.

  4. Jean on

    After posting about pimento cheese on my blog, I decided to see what was on the Internet about it (that might be a little backwards) and found this. I’m inspired. I’ll definitely whip up a batch next time I’m watching golf on television, even if it’s not the Masters.

  5. Anne Clinkscales on

    how many sandwiches are made and sold at the Masters each year ? must be thousands but I would love a guess as to how many are prepared ?

  6. WT Baker on

    A pimento cheese sandwich without Dukes mayonnaise would be something like a bowl of corn flakes in water instead of milk to me. Excuse me but did you say watercress sprigs, sliced and chopped onions on WHEAT bread as part of a pimento sandwich…..well we are all different and one thing is for sure, this person is not from the south……to this reciept, I say no thanks.

  7. golf apparel on

    This is actually really good.  I saw this recipe on here last week and decided to see what all the attention was about for these pimento sandwiches.  I did use the pepper jack instead of montery jack and that is definitely the way to go if anybody else is going to try this recipe.

  8. david stanley on

    I have gluten issues so I do ham & pimento cheese rollups. Spread a piece of smokehouse ham with a healthy smear of pimento cheese. Roll up & pin with a toothpick or two.


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